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Does technology make memorization obsolete?

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Remembering birthdays, addresses, and phone numbers is easy. I just have them plugged into my phone.

But remember when you had to actually pick up a dictionary or encyclopedia to find information? (Even those bulky Encyclopedia Britannica books are now online.)

All the information you usually need -- for better or worse -- is at your fingertips, making memorization almost a lost art.

But Clive Thompson, author of "Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds For the Better," argues that digging up information online has in some cases expanded peoples' conversations.

"It may be true that there is a small amount of mental laziness that can build up, but it's more than offset by the new conversations we can have built off the new facts we can access," he says.

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